The Nation reports that the Nigerian Immigration Service, (NIS) in collaboration with the Federal Mortgage Bank, has secured a housing loan facility for 60 officers and men of the service.
The facility is worth N60 million.
Comptroller General, (CG) of NIS, Muhammad Babandede, disclosed this at the official presentation of a dummy cheque to beneficiaries.
Babandede said the development is part of efforts to enhance the welfare package of the workforce for improved productivity and efficient service delivery.
He also noted that it will help curb corruption in the service, adding that owing a house for officers and men is one thing that government should encourage through loans.
He said, “I have been talking to my staff on discipline and I have been telling them that they should not be corrupt. You can’t achieve that without giving them something. Safety of lives is very important. For my officers and men I like to put them in a safe place. When corruption becomes high, so people do not know what to do, you spend 35 years in service and you do not have where to put your head.
“Retiring in a rented house is the worst thing that could happen to anyone. So when this opportunity came I considered it good for the service. So far sixty (60) officers and men have benefited from the scheme. The scheme is a partnership between the NIS and our National Housing Fund managers, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria. It is designed to leverage on the National Housing Fund contributory package to ensure that all participants get decent commitment and dedication from the workforce.”
The Executive Director of Federal Mortgage Bank, Charles Ajiba told the service that it will not regret partnering with the bank adding that its goal is to provide long time plan for people especially civil servants that want to own their houses.
Culled from The Nation